Every nurse shares the same ambition of working at a hospital. However, over the years more nurses are leaving the hospitals to seek better opportunities that are being offered these days.
Managers wonder why is it that nurses leave. The answer to that question encompasses a number of factors.
Taxing Work Hours
A hospital has to operate 24/7 which means that there have to be nurses working in the facility constantly.
It is not uncommon that senior nurses are given the freedom by the company to choose their shifting hours. This often leads to an issue with the fairness of rotating shifts. As a result, newly hired nurses are most likely the ones who end up working hours that bleed into night shifts.
Severe sleep deprivation is ultimately the result of these irregular work hours. Before they can properly catch up on sleep, they have to get ready again for work. Their social activities and family time slowly start getting pushed to the back burner as the nurse’s time zones are different from theirs now.
Weekends and holidays become a rarity and it can start to greatly affect their social lives and health as well. These factors is what drives nurses to exhaustion and irritation rather than productivity.
Nurse to Patient ratio
According to the Academy of Medical Surgical Nurses, the ideal nurse to patient ratio is 1 is to 6. Often times, hospitals are understaffed and nurses are assigned more patients than they can handle. This is both mentally and physically tasking for them because they also have to move their patients around besides the usual checking on them and giving them their medicine.
They become more prone to sickness while they are exposed to too many patients at once. If a nurse were to call in sick, the chances of being replaced is very low.
According to the Creative Nurse, the lowest paying countries are The Philippines, China, Lithuania, Romania, and Latvia. This may vary in every country. Nurses may be paid well in some countries like Denmark and Luxembourg, which are some of the highest paying countries, while not as well in others. In most cases, the pay is usually decent but the high paying positions are typically limited to office and administrative positions instead.
Working night shifts don’t always ensure a higher pay which serves as more of a disadvantage in this case. Taking this into consideration, it gives nurses more reason to jump ship than work for hours that they don’t get paid for.
There are more factors that contribute to nurses leaving the hospitals and look for greener pastures instead. Some are for personal reasons while others lie within the company they work for.
The good news is that hospitals are working on improving their staff management to provide nurses with quality pay and equal treatment.